Audience: Anyone who writes or proofs reports, descriptions, chronological entries or narratives in any field. The exercises can be customized for your profession at no additional cost.
Objective: To correct the most common writing errors and promote a clear, concise writing style...and actually have fun doing it!
Writing for Clarity is the writing program for people who really don't want to attend a writing program. In a lively (and sometimes even humorous) fashion, the presenter identifies the most common mistakes gleaned from over 20 years of experience writing and proofing documents. Just what is the Greengrocer's Apostrophe, anyway? Comma sense is an uncommon virtue! Remember your audience...don't try to impress with bigger, high-blown words. Clarity is the key. Writing for Clarity has been presented in more than 30 cities, from Rhode Island to Guam.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY ABOUT WRITING FOR CLARITY (ACTUAL COMMENTS)
"...one of the most informative and enjoyable training experiences I have had while working." Detroit, Michigan
"This was the first time I've ever enjoyed a writing seminar and I actually learned a lot from it." Brownsville, Texas
"Never did I imagine I would enjoy a writing class, especially on a Sunday morning, until I met you! The presentation was AWESOME!" South Padre Island, Texas
"I saw your presentation at a conference in Seattle. I think everyone is always shocked at how you can make grammar entertaining." Atlanta, Georgia
"Who knew writing, grammar, and punctuation could be fun?" Beaumont, Texas
"I wanted to crash the meeting just to see your presentation for a second time." McAllen, Texas
"Thank you so much. All the feedback was great!" Miami, Florida
"I wish everyone would take this class." Albuquerque, New Mexico
"This will stay with us long after you're back home." Roanoke, Virginia
NOW AVAILABLE: THE WRITING FOR CLARITY DESK MANUAL- U. S. Probation and Pretrial Services Edition! 160 pages of the most common mistakes in our profession's writing, with specific examples and references. It is an essential daily writing guide, with or without having had the Writing for Clarity class. Contact us for special pricing, or see it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Clarity-Danny-Kuhn/dp/0989169677/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS in a HECTIC WORLD with Danny Kuhn
Length: 2-3 hours, depending on your schedule.
Audience: Everyone. Appropriate for both keynote addresses and smaller groups
Objective: In a busy,
competitive work environment demanding instant answers, ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS in
a HECTIC WORLD causes us to reflect on life's essential questions. Based
on Harvard professor James E. Ryan's commencement remarks and book Wait, what?
this program helps participants bring clarity, curiosity, courage, compassion,
and conviction to both the workplace and their personal lives through
clarifying what's important. Small group activities and discussion define
common challenges and help provide tools needed to apply five simple questions
in seeking answers: 1. Wait, what? 2. I wonder...?
3. Couldn't we at least? 4. How can I help? and,
most importantly, 5. What really
matters? Wait, what? is particularly useful to organizations
undergoing periods of change and shifts in priorities.
REAL COLORS with Jim Patterson
Length: 3 hours
Objective: This is the program that has improved organizational communication and relationships across the country! Recognize and appreciate your own unique blend of strengths and qualities...and those of your coworkers! Identify and practice the skills necessary for enhanced communication by learning the most effective methods of speaking to different people.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY ABOUT REAL COLORS with JIM PATTERSON: (ACTUAL COMMENTS)
"Numerous participants have been raving about Real Colors and what a great professional and personal experience it was!" Purdue University
"Thank you for introducing my team to Real Colors. We learned a great deal about each other and realized that our strengths and weaknesses offset one another. Your session set the stage for a very productive and challenging meeting...we actually accomplished our objectives and set an achievable direction for the New Year." Bank of America
"Without question, this was the best training we have had in my years as a Clerk, as Jim knew his material, knew his target audience, and presented the material in a professional and fun manner conducive to adult learning. The District is fortunate to have someone with his training and ability, who is willing to share his training gifts with others." Federal Court Clerk, North Carolina
REAL COLORS, REAL ISSUES with Jim Patterson
Length: 4 hours
Audience: Everyone who has experienced Real Colors
Objective: Identify situations that could cause a loss of confidence or behavior changes in participants and others, learn to appreciate the different styles and strengths of coworkers, and develop a personal action plan for motivation.
Keeping personal and professional lives separate is easier said than done. Real Colors, Real Issues provides specific techniques that can help individuals recognize how the four different temperaments, or "colors," react to life's challenges, and how to provide appropriate encouragement and support for each.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE - UNDERSTANDING, PREVENTION, RESPONSE with Danny Kuhn
Length: 3 hours (flexible)
Objective: Every employee has the right to a safe environment with zero tolerance for sexual harassment. But what actually constitutes harassment? What does the law say, and what about all those "grey areas" that inevitably arise when people with differing views of appropriate behavior work so closely together? Understanding and communication are the keys to prevention. Without being heavy-handed or "preachy," this program will help you set the tone for your organization and prevent incidents that could cause cataclysmic credibility, emotional, and personnel issues.
WRITING FOR CLARITY II with Danny Kuhn
Length: 3 hours
Audience: Anyone who has had Writing for Clarity I
Objective: To reinforce the lessons of clarity and conciseness, introduce ways to avoid additional common errors, and provide hands-on practice.
Important skills require regular practice and review. Writing is no exception. After a review of the most controversial writing issues (especially commas), Writing forClarity II addresses additional common problem areas. Is The Hyphenator a hero, or villain? This class reserves time for group work and discussion for a collaborative approach.
COOPERATE OR CONTROL? UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE with Danny Kuhn
Length: 3 hours
Audience: All staff
Objective: To identify different communication styles and avoid the resulting conflict that can occur among coworkers.
Communication is the key to an effective workplace, but controlling personalities may make some staff members feel intimidated...maybe even bullied. This program helps participants understand why it happens and develop strategies to avoid conflict. It was recently presented to the entire Eastern District of North Carolina Federal Clerk's Office staff. A separate management briefing can be given after staff training if desired.
MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING PROGRAMS, OFFERED BY THE VARALLI GROUP:
Motivational Interviewing - Basics
participant is introduced to the "Spirit", history, processes and
fundamental skills of Motivational Interviewing through lecture, role
plays and a diverse training presentation. The Motivational
Interviewing, third edition is the text upon which all classes are based
(Miller, Rollnick) Participants will have the opportunity to practice
their new skills during this one to two-day session.
Motivational Interviewing - Advanced
review of the Basics plus a a workshop to improve upon reflections and
complex reflections. The advanced training also brings the full
spectrum of Motivational Interviewing to a conclusion by means of
creating a change plan for your further skill-building in the practice
Motivational Interviewing - Refresher
refresher is designed to support the practitioner on his/her journey in
acquiring MI "Proficiency" by boosting the skill level and reinforcing
the method already begun in a Basic or Advanced student.
Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) Coding and Coaching
a recipient of MITI training from the instrument's designer, Theresa
B. Moyers, TVG offers review, coding and coaching of recorded samples to
provide supervision and improvement in your MI skills. Currently using
Manual "'MITI 4.2.1" Once you have reached a level of proficiency, you
will receive a certificate of achievement from David Varalli
acknowledging your accomplishment!